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  1. Updates from Thursday 29 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 09:00 on 30 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Giancarlo Rinaldi and Nichola Rutherford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    That's it for South of Scotland Live for a very busy Thursday. Thank you to everybody who sent in snow photographs - we have been absolutely inundated. It's been great to see you all making the most of your snow day!

    We'll be back with more of the latest news, sport, weather and travel from 9am tomorrow.

  2. Wintry showers

    BBC Scotland Weather


    Wintry showers will continue to feed in from the west of Dumfries and Galloway this evening and overnight, falling as a sleety mix on the coast but snow inland.

    There'll be a widespread risk of ice - the Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for snow and ice across the south-west tonight and tomorrow morning.

    It'll be dry and clear during the first part of the night in the Borders, with a widespread risk of ice.

    Through the early hours, a band of rain, sleet and snow will feed in, becoming persistent towards morning, particularly towards Eyemouth and Duns.

    Temperatures will dip as low as minus 4 Celsius.

  3. Schools latest

    All 80 schools shut by the snow in Dumfries and Galloway today are currently listed as scheduled to reopen tomorrow morning.

    However, check the council website for the latest updates on the situation.

  4. Get involved

    Photos of Lincluden, taken around 11:00 this morning, by James McCreadie.


    He says: "I couldn't get to work this morning as I have a motorcycle, it doesn't usually snow in Dumfries.

    "I ended getting a lift this morning. Last night wasn't fun trying to get home, I was caught out."

  5. Helicopter rescues child

    A Royal Navy helicopter has helped to rescue a one-year-old child who took ill while stranded by snow at a house in the Borders.


    The alarm was raised by the family at a remote farmhouse at Whisgills near Newcastleton.

    A local ambulance became stuck in wintry conditions en route to the child who was described as "unresponsive".

    Glasgow's air ambulance could not fly due to heavy snow showers but the Royal Navy airlifted the boy to hospital.

  6. Images of the snow

    Amandla Taylor and David Jarrett sent in photos of snow at McNaughton Cottage near Shawhead, Dumfriesshire.

    Snow field
  7. Radio bulletins

    Remember to tune in at 16:30 and again at 17:30 for all the latest from our radio bulletins for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

    Back in the morning with more at 06:30, 07:30 and 08:30.

  8. Get in touch

    Donald Urquhart emailed in this picture of a snowy Dock Park in Dumfries.

    Dock Park
  9. Four charged

    Four men have been charged following an assault and robbery at a property in Galashiels.

    A 24-year-old man was threatened with a knife before being robbed of various personal items during the incident, which happened at an address in Larchbank Street in the very early hours of Tuesday.

    The men, aged between 17 and 27, will appear in court at a later date.

  10. Enjoying the snow

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @hiddengalloway tweets: @BBCSouthScot A little red snow squirrel looking cute @ the Haugh of Urr this morning. :)

  11. The Scotland Office


    tweets: A colourful visit for Scots Sec @acarmichaelmp today - on a tour of #Hawick cashmere.

    Carmichael at Hawick cashmere
  12. Get in touch

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @reiver_rover tweets: @BBCSouthScot Eildon Hills from Newtown St Boswells

    Eildon Hills
  13. Your snow pictures

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @rznhdad tweets: and even more Annan snow

    Snow scenes
  14. McShane bid rejected

    Martin Dowden

    BBC Scotland

    Ross County boss Jim McIntyre has confirmed a bid to sign Ian McShane from Queen of the South has been turned down.

    "We have made a bid and Queens have said no and that is where it is at," he said.

  15. Snow scenes

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @hillcrestcook tweets: Snow even in Wigtown!

  16. Care arrangements

    Dumfries and Galloway Council

    Social work services are liaising with all adult care managers and ensuring appropriate arrangements are in place to deliver services to known vulnerable people.

    All area offices are staffed. Home-care agencies are sharing information about 4x4 availability where necessary.

    Ae 4x4 club assisting with meals on wheels in the Canonbie area.

  17. Family informed of body find

    The family of missing teenager Macaulay McQueen has been informed of the discovery of a body on Glencaple beach.

    Macaulay McQueen

    The man's body was found at 10:30 today by a member of the public.

  18. Get involved

    Mike Tyas sent in this picture looking up the River Nith from St Michael's Street Bridge, Dumfries

    River Nith
  19. Drugs charge

    A man has been charged after Police Scotland recovered a quantity of class A drugs from a property in Galashiels.


    Officers discovered diamorphine worth about £1,600 and a three figure sum of cash during a search of a building in Beech Avenue.

    A 28-year-old man is expected to appear in court at a later date in connection with the discovery.

    Ch Insp Andrew McLean said: "As a result of an intelligence-led search at an address in Beech Avenue, officers recovered a sizeable quantity of the harmful drug before they could it was distributed within the local community."

  20. Your snow scenes

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @Lynds1102 tweets: Very wintery and beautiful here in Dumfries and Galloway @BBCSouthScot @VisitSWScotland

    More snow
  21. Farm theft scam

    Police have received another report from a farmer near Jedburgh of an unsolicited phone call from a man claiming to be from Police Scotland selling advertising in a publication as part of a local initiative regarding thefts from farms.

    Police stressed this was not their initiative and their advice was not to engage with any type of cold caller.

  22. Send in your pictures

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @justdaj tweets: I awoke to this :-) Looking South towards the Keir Hills, D&G #uksnow DG3 @BBCSouthScot

    Keir Hills
  23. Body found at Glencaple

    A body has been recovered from the beach near Glencaple, according to police in Dumfries and Galloway.


    The man's body was found by a member of a public at about 10:30 today and reported to the police.

    A spokesman said no formal identification has been made and enquiries are ongoing.

  24. Get involved

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @QuigleyAlison tweets: snowy Annan

  25. Your snow images

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @jeanelgar tweets: @BBCSouthScot Heavy snow showers at Lowthertown - we don't normally get any !!

  26. Bright afternoon

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A bright afternoon with spells of sunshine.

    Still a number of snow showers at first although they will continue to diminish leaving a lot of dry weather.

    The showers falling in coastal areas will tend to be of rain or sleet. Feeling cold in the brisk westerly wind, highs of 3 Celsius.

  27. Get in touch

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @wendycowan tweets: Thick snow in Hawick this morning

  28. Tune in

    Tune in at 12:30 for the latest radio bulletins from Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

    All the news, sport, travel and that all-important weather coming up.

  29. Snow clearing hampered

    Dumfries and Galloway Council

    Road conditions are difficult across the region and snow clearing is being hampered by regular heavy showers which are being compounded by high winds.

  30. Woman rescued

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    A missing woman was airlifted to hospital after she was found unconscious in blizzard conditions in the Scottish Borders.

    John Romanes and Rauour the dog

    The woman was traced about 10 metres from a forest track near Innerleithen by a new search and rescue dog used by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

  31. Meeting cancelled


    Dumfries and Galloway Council

    tweets: The Additional Support for Learning meeting that was scheduled for tonight at Sanquhar Academy has been cancelled due to the weather.

  32. Creetown closed

    Add Creetown Primary to the list of school closures in Dumfries and Galloway, just received reports of that one.

  33. Schools latest

    The latest running total for school closures in Dumfries and Galloway today is 80.

    Still just the three reported in the Scottish Borders.

  34. A701 blocked

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    The A701 Dumfries-Moffat road, two miles south of St Ann's Bridge, has been closed in both directions for about 45 minutes, according to local police.

    One person has been taken to hospital by ambulance but it is not thought to be serious.

  35. Front page

    Southern Reporter

    The Southern Reporter is out today with a story about sweeping changes to the Borders courts system.

    Southern Reporter
  36. Road crash

    BBC Scotland Travel


    #Beattock- A701 clsd RTC Just South of Beattock. ..and snow causing problems on the A75 btwn Annan and Dumfries.

  37. Kirkcowan closed

    Kirkcowan Primary is the latest Dumfries and Galloway school which is reported to have closed.

  38. Lengthy tailbacks

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    Here is a picture of those lengthy tailbacks on the A75.

  39. Schools update

    Carsphairn Primary, Dumfries Academy and Kells Primary have joined the list of school closures across Dumfries and Galloway.

    The full list is here.

  40. A75 issues

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    Still ongoing problems on the A75 around Carrutherstown.

    Long queues of traffic although the snow is off for the time being.

  41. Your snow pictures

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @DanielSherret tweets: @BBCSouthScot Annan looking onto the Old Parish Church

  42. School closure latest

    Castle Douglas High School, Langlands School and Elmbank School are now reported closed in Dumfries and Galloway.

    It takes the total in the region to 79 out of 122 sites.

  43. Snowy scenes at Annan Academy

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    More than half of the schools in Dumfries and Galloway are shut today.

    Annan Academy

    That includes Annan Academy and it is not hard to see why.

  44. Galloway News

    The Galloway News is out today and leads on a story of a local man finally getting a medal awarded decades ago.

    Galloway News
  45. Your snow pictures

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @rachc501 tweets: @BBCSouthScot snow in Parkgate, dumfries

  46. Roads update

    Nichola Rutherford

    BBC Scotland

    Roads in Dumfries and Galloway are passable with care, according to local police.

    One person has been taken to hospital by helicopter after a road accident on the A701 at Courance, five miles outside Dumfries. They are not thought to be seriously injured.

    The M74 is down to one lane in either direction but traffic is moving freely.

    The A75 at Carrutherstown is starting to clear after a lorry got stuck climbing the hill. Traffic was tail-backed to around Kinmount.

  47. Dreadful conditions on A75

    Willie Johnston

    BBC Scotland

    Dreadful conditions on the A75 around Carrutherstown at the moment.

    Long tailbacks of westbound traffic to the east of the village because of a jackknifed lorry in the process of being cleared.

    The tailback goes back some distance in some horrible conditions.

  48. Get in touch


    @McNabb_Laurie tweets: @BBCSouthScot @BBCTravelScot Corsock - 7 inches of snow and still coming down!

    Corsock snow
  49. Your snow pictures


    @JadeywhiteJw tweets: @BBCSouthScot still snowing in Penpont

  50. School closure update

    Lochmaben Primary now closed, more than 70 sites shut in Dumfries and Galloway now.

  51. Get involved

    Tweet @BBCSouthScot

    @FionaSuzOli tweets: Our road #Newgalloway @WindyWilson88 @BBCSouthScot Going nowhere fast! #andstillitsnows

    Snow scene
  52. Situation monitored

    Scottish Borders Council

    Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is continuing to monitor the weather, after snow fell across many parts of the region last night.

    While there were heavy downfalls in the Hawick and Peebles areas, no roads are currently closed and main routes have been salted and ploughed through the night.

    However, there will be some travel disruption this morning on minor rural roads. Secondary routes are now being treated.

    Three primary schools have been closed - Broughton, Kirkhope and Yarrow.

  53. More schools shut

    More and more schools joining the list of closures in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Ae Primary, Amisfield Primary, Applegarth Primary, Dalbeattie Primary, Hutton Primary, Brydekirk Primary, Calside Primary and Sanquhar Academy the latest.

    The full list is here.

  54. A75 conditions


    Traffic Scotland


    tweets: Here is a current look at the #A75 at Collin - Traffic moving well but snow is on the carriageway so take extra care

    Traffic cameras
  55. Tricky conditions


    Amey SE Trunk Roads tweets: Current road surface conditions A7 Terrona #DriveSafe #Winterinfo

  56. Lorries stuck


    Traffic Scotland


    tweets: #A75 btwn Annan & Carrutherstown - Large number of HGV's stuck in snow, E/B worst than W/B but affecting both ways. Police are en-route.

  57. Cold start

    BBC Scotland Weather


    A cold start to the day with a frost and also a covering of snow especially over high ground where there will be a good few inches lying.

    Surfaces will be slippery too.

    A bright day to come with spells of cold winters sunshine.

    There will also be some wintry showers initially leading to further accumulations over high ground.

    hey will tend to become fewer and lighter during today with much of the southwest becoming dry during the afternoon.

    Feeling cold in the brisk northwesterly wind, highs of 4 or 5 Celsius.

  58. Closure list

    The full list of Dumfries and Galloway schools shut at present is as follows.

    Annan Academy, Beattock Primary, Canonbie Primary, Cargenbridge School, Carrutherstown Primary, Castle Douglas Primary, Closeburn Primary, Collin Primary, Crossmichael Primary, Cummertrees Primary, Dalbeattie High, Dalry Primary, Dalry Secondary, Dumfries High, Duncow Primary, Dunscore Primary, Eaglesfield Primary, Eastriggs Primary, Elmvale Primary, Gelston Primary, Georgetown Primary, Gretna Primary, Hardgate Primary, Heathhall Primary, Hecklegirth Primary, Hightae Primary, Johnstonebridge Primary, Kelloholm Primary, Kirkbean Primary, Kirkgunzeon Primary, Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary, Langholm Academy, Langholm Primary, Laurieknowe Primary, Lochrutton Primary, Lochside Primary, Lockerbie Academy, Lockerbie Primary, Loreburn Primary, Moffat Academy, Moffat Primary, Moniaive Primary, Mouswald Primary, Nethermill Primary, New Abbey Primary, Newington Primary, Noblehill Primary, Penpont Primary, Sanquhar Primary, Shawhead Primary, Springfield Primary, Springholm Primary, St Joseph's College, St Michael's Primary, St Mungo Primary, St Ninian's Primary, St Teresa's RC Primary, Troqueer Primary, Tundergarth Primary, Wallace Hall Academy, Wallace Hall Primary.

  59. Schools shut

    More than 50 schools have been closed in Dumfries and Galloway this morning, mainly in the east of the region.

    Full details on the council's website.

    Scottish Borders Council reports Kirkham, Yarrow and Broughton schools closed.